POETRY & PAINTING: Ezra Pound & a Sad Nymph from Pompeii

 

 

Ancora

by Ezra Pound


Good God! They say you are risqué,
O canzonetti!
We who went out into the four A. M. of the world
Composing our albas,
We who shook off our dew with the rabbits,
We who have seen even Artemis a-binding her sandals,
Have we ever heard the like?
O mountains of Hellas!!
Gather about me, O Muses!
When we sat upon the granite brink in Helicon
Clothed in the tattered sunlight,
Muses with delicate shins,
O Muses with delectable knee-joints,
When we splashed and were splashed with
The lucid Castalian spray,
Had we ever such an epithet cast upon us!


 

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A nymph watches over the floating body of Icarus. Detail from the Death of Icarus fresco at the Villa Imperiale, Pompeii, 10 BC – 10 AD

 

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